Place:Hinderwell, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesDalehousesource: from redirect
Runswick Baysource: from redirect
Rosedale Cliffssource: from redirect
Port Mulgravesource: from redirect
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates54.54°N 0.777°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoLangbaurgh East Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Whitby Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district into which it was absorbed in 1932
Scarborough Borough, North Yorkshire, Englandborough in which Hinderwell is located since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Hinderwell is a village and civil parish in the Scarborough District of North Yorkshire, England that lies within the North York Moors National Park.

Hinderwell lies about a mile from the coast on the A174 road between the towns of Loftus and Whitby. Until 1958 the area was served by Staithes and Hinderwell railway stations.

The civil parish of Hinderwell encompasses:

  • the village of Staithes
  • the hamlet of Port Mulgrave
  • the National Trust land called Rosedale Cliffs
  • the hamlet of Runswick Bay
  • the hamlet of Dalehouse

According to the 2011 UK census, Hinderwell parish had a population of 1,875, a decrease on the 2001 UK census figure of 2,103.

"In 1874 350 men and two boys were engaged at the ironworks of Rosedale, 50,000 tons of ore being sent annually to Jarrow. These mines then belonged to the lord of the manor of Hinderwell, Mr. (afterward Sir) Charles Mark Palmer of Grinkle Park, and are now worked by the Grinkle Park Ironstone Mining Co. Ltd. There are various stone and slate quarries, and jet workings all along the coast. Being only about 12 miles removed from the Dogger Bank, the coast fisheries here are very active. Sixteen fishermen of Staithes were summoned to musters in 1539, and 223 men were employed in this industry in Hinderwell township in 1831." (Source: Victoria County History as cited below.)

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Hinderwell from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"HINDERWELL, a village, a township, and a parish in Whitby [registration] district, [North Riding of] Yorkshire. The village stands on the coast, 7½ miles NNW of Grosmont [railway] station, and 8½ NW by N of Whitby; and has a post office under Redcar.
"The township comprises 1,550 acres of land and 440 of water. Real property: £4,628; of which £1,505 are in ironworks. Population in 1851: 1, 736; in 1861: 2, 571. Houses, 547. The increase of population arose from the opening of extensive iron mines.
"The parish contains also the township of Roxby, and comprises 4,400 acres. Real property: £6,383. Population: 2,805. Houses: 588. The manor belongs to the Marquis of Normanby. Most of the inhabitants are engaged in fisheries.
"A Turkish vessel, infected with the plague, was stranded on the coast in 1603, and communicated the plague to the villagers.
"The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Roxby, in the diocese of York. Value: £494. Patron: Robert Barry, Esq. The parish church was partly rebuilt in 1817. A spring of pure water, called St. Hilda's well, is in the churchyard; and a retreat of St. Hilda is supposed to have been near. There is a church in Roxby. Charities, £5.

Historically, Hinderwell was an ecclesiastical parish in the Langbaurgh East Wapentake. Hinderwell was made an urban district in 1894, but this was dropped in 1932 and it became a civil parish in Whitby Rural District. With the nationwide reorganization of local government in 1974 it became part of the Scarborough Borough.

Research Tips

This is by far the most complete history of the parishes of the county to be found online. The chapters are ordered by the divisions of the county called wapentakes, but each chapter is linked to the volume's content page.
  • GENUKI has a page on all three ridings of Yorkshire and pages for each of the ecclesiastical parishes in the county. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each.
These are based on a gazetteer dated 1835 and there may have been a number of alterations to the parish setup since then. However, it is worthwhile information for the pre civil registration era. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and the submitter is very firm about his copyright. This should not stop anyone from reading the material.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Yorkshire North Riding, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72.
  • Map of the North Riding divisions in 1888 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • Map of North Riding divisions in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • The above two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.
  • In March 2018 Ancestry announced that its file entitled "Yorkshire, England: Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1873" has been expanded to include another 94 parishes (across the three ridings) and expected it to be expanded further during the year. The entries are taken from previously printed parish registers.
  • The chapter of the Victoria County History dealing with Hinderwell.